I would like to reiterate how lucky I am for being an anime fan that lives in the United States. Especially an anime fan that lives in the United States close to a movie theater that plays anime films more often than not. That increases my luck to insanely high levels compared to most people across the world except maybe fans that live in Japan. I mean, they have direct access to their own media. After a productive day of working on some homework and applying for jobs and such, watching Perfect Blue in a movie theater seemed like a more then perfect reward for myself so I would see it for the second time in my life. Yeah, I’m weird like that. Most people reward themselves with some kind of dessert, I reward myself with seeing a film in the theaters with special release schedules on them. Same thing really.
Perfect Blue’s story is something that is both easy and complicated to explain. The film is centered around an Idol Singer named Mima Kirigoe changing careers. The opening scene is her last idol act with her group Cham before she tries her hand as an actress instead. Most of the film is her getting an increasingly interesting role in a crime drama while living through a crime drama herself. A crime drama centered around a person stalking Mima, creating a fake social media journal account for her, and killing people that influenced her change to an actress. Kind of creepy, don’t you think? Yes! Yes, it is, and I don’t know how people hire creepy looking people for things in the first place. Anyway, the two crime drama scenarios mixed together to the point where Mima isn’t sure what reality is anymore. You can see where the confusing part comes in, right? Well, it all leads up to an action scenario where Mima must escape two assailants that hold onto her former identity. In the end, she wins and becomes a famous actress. OR DOES SHE? I love it either way.
Having seen this film twice now, I get a better view of the film as a whole. The two crime drama stories mix together and provides a very confusing experience the first time around. The viewer gets drawn into Mima’s world of not being sure of who she is and what she should be doing that draws you into the film even more then you would let to believe. Seeing Perfect Blue for a second time around, even though it’s been a while, I feel like I seen things in this film. I feel like I can tell what is real and what isn’t, but I could be lying and wrong about that fact. Not going to delude myself by seeing I am this brilliant person that I am don’t think I am. Still, having a sense of what direction this film is going, I saw more brilliance in the movie and how it got the audience into that sense of “what is going on” and Mima’s world. All exceptional film making. Satoshi Kon is a master of transitions. Having one scene go straight to another without any clear cuts or cut to blacks is something that no many people can do very well, but Satoshi Kon is amazing at it. This was his first work too and his other films are where he explored this concept better. Losing Kon has been a huge detriment to the anime medium.
I feel so lucky to not only watch Perfect Blue twice now but see it on a huge screen at a movie theater. Films are meant to be seen on large screens with amazing sound, not a maybe 17-inch laptop screen or my 32-inch tv screen. It’s fantastic stuff. Satoshi Kon’s work is still amazing and even more worthy of attention in 2018. Especially with all the social media problems on twitter and who knows how many social media things we use these days. The platform that was used the film is out dated, but this film and its message are just as relevant twenty years later. Satoshi Kon was such a genius. I hope this G-Kids limited theater release means more of his works are going to be released on screen soon. Also, I hope this means the film is going to be released on Blu-ray too. I think the film deserves it.